- ring spinning
- open end spinning
spinning without a spindle but centrifugal force
- air jet spinning
where fibers on the verge are twisted around core fibers by simple air stream
- compact spinning
like ring spinning but with fibers lined up parallely first
Originally used only with cotton, it is nowadays possible to spin other materials by cotton type spinning as well. A limitation what kind of materials hardly exist.
Important with cotton type spinning is for the fibers to be in a cutlength between 35-40mm, whereas the most popular cutlength is 38mm. In case a fiber is longer, other spinning techniques should be applied. It is also possible to "cottonize" fibers that are longer, meaning to cut them shorter.
If fibers are critically shorter than 35mm, they are in general not destined for cotton type spinning or any other spinning application.